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There kitchen it is the place in the house where the most is produced waste. The biggest problem is the disposable packaging, but we are so used to this aspect of everyday life that we no longer notice it and we do not feel responsible. Reduce the amount of waste which are produced in kitchen it should instead be considered a very effective way to make its contribution to the environment and society, considering that the management of waste it is also a cost.
First of all, consumers should be more careful about what they buy and producers commit to reducing packaging and making it more environmentally friendly. The combined action of these two behaviors would bring enormous advantages in waste reduction, in the same way as a careful separate collection. But now let's get back to kitchen…
When we shop for the week, we try to count the number of tins, bottles, containers and plastic trays with cling film. Then, in kitchen, we check how many we throw among the waste. The first scraps will certainly be the plastic packages of fruit and vegetables, which also make them ooze and rot, but the garbage container will continue to fill with mixed waste which, with greater attention, we can certainly reduce and let's see how.
How to reduce the amount of waste in the kitchen?
- First of all, we avoid buying products in packages that are too bulky or excessively full of boxes and plastic; a good rule is 'do not choose what cannot be reused'.
- We personally grow fruit and vegetables (obviously being able ...) or we buy fresh vegetables instead of frozen or prepackaged. We avoid plastic wrappers and bags.
- We buy fresh fish, meat and poultry as well as solid foods such as beans, rice and pasta. We avoid processed and ready-made foods.
- If we can't avoid buying packaged products, we look for cardboard, cellophane and paper products, which are biodegradable and can be recycled.
- We buy fresh cuts of cheese and cold meats in rotisseries and butchers rather than prepackaged in plastic films.
- We drink tap water or buy water in returnable glass bottles instead of plastic.
- We buy single metal cans to be able to recycle them.
- We divide the garbage into separate bins according to the rules of separate waste collection and we try to fertilize as much wet waste as possible or equip ourselves with a food waste disposal unit.
- We do not empty medicines, chemicals, paints and other toxic products into sinks and toilets. Instead, let's get rid of it safely.
- While we are at it, for cleaning the kitchen and the house we avoid toxic products and prefer those that do not pollute.